Bridging the Gap; Common Ground in the Firehouse
Modern workforces are a blend of four distinct generations, each defined and influenced by the technology they grew up with, world events that dominated their formative years and the socio-economic environment that the previous generation created. The differences between these generations can lead to significant communication gaps in the workplace and profound misunderstandings between employees from different age groups. We will explore the foundations of some of these generational differences, identify the common ground that we all share and provide the audience with productive strategies to minimize conflict between the generations.
Starting a Fire Department EMS First Responder Agency
This program will describe from soup to nuts how a fire department can plan for, start, sustain, and make successful a fire department first responder program. Early pitfalls to avoid, tips for start-up, mutual aid agreements with local EMS agencies, and ways to sustain a program and make it successful are just a few of the points that will be covered. The news SC DHEC regulations regarding changes to rapid responder programs will be covered in detail. If you are even THINKING about starting a first responder program, this class is a must attend!
Economy of Force at Extrication Incidents
Economy of Force is one of the nine Principles of War based on early theories and continues to be a key component of modern day warfare. It is the principle of employing all available combat power in the most effective way possible and the judicious employment and distribution of forces towards the primary objective. Through three key components, training, preparation, and emergency operations, we will explore how to apply Economy of Force to successfully mitigate an extrication incident and ultimately have a positive patient outcome. This presentation initially discusses how…(MORE)
Stretching Long, Working Short
This course will discuss the stretching of lines beyond the pre-connect. The course will focus on simplifying the most complex of stretches and present solutions to ensure success, efficiency, and success when utilizing lines that are not pre-connected. This course will present methods for all types of departments that can be designed around the layouts of various hose beds and apparatus. This course is built on simplicity and simplifying the most complex into manageable tasks.
Building a Tradition of Passion
This course is all about bringing passion back to our firehouses and its importance to morale and teamwork. It is designed for firefighters of all ranks and experience levels with a focus on the role of the Company Officer. The course is built around the core values of passion, dedication, and accountability. Building a Tradition of Passion is derived from my personal love for the job as well as…(MORE)
Stress, Trauma, and the Crucial Conversation
In basic first aid, we are taught to recognize the universal sign for choking. Unfortunately, there is no universal sign for someone struggling with a mental health problem or substance use disorder. Although there is new and emerging research on the impact of trauma and stress on firefighters and emergency service personnel, a gap remains in basic education and awareness. All firefighters and emergency service personnel must be trained to recognize and appropriately engage someone who is dealing with a mental health problem, regardless of its cause. Culture change starts with education, awareness, and accountability. Eliminating stigma requires consistent effort. Our personnel are and will always be our greatest asset.
So You Want to be A Transport Agent?
With the lower frequency of fire responses and shrinking budgets. Fire Chiefs across the nation are looking at ways to integrate new roles and responsibilities into their departments. Frequently the topic of EMS transport comes up at the kitchen table. This course will cover who should start a transport agency, who should think hard about it, and who should avoid it all costs! Tips and tricks on keeping close ties with other local EMS agencies, costs, and recovery, and CMS rules will be discussed in general. The SC Debt Set Off Program will be covered along with levels of service and the eternal question of “How many buses do I need?” will be answered…maybe…
Fire Service Diversity
This class puts the issue of Diversity in the forefront. Activities and presentations will not only introduce a unique learning experience but bring uncomfortable subjects into the light.
School Bus Accident- Are You Prepared?
This program is designed present techniques and tips that can assist the firefighter in dealing with accidents involving School Buses. We are going to first take a look school bus anatomy. Resources and equipment needed. Mass Causality and Incident Management. Planning and Training using your local school system as a resource.
GROW: A Holistic Training System to Improve Performance, Well-Being, and Safety
Firefighters operate in high-risk environments that require physical fitness, mental toughness, and emotional resilience. To perform optimally in these demanding situations, firefighters need a holistic training system that supports and develops the whole person throughout their career. GROW (growth mindset, resiliency, optimization, well-being) is a system that … (MORE)
1% – Use It Wisely or Lose It
South Carolina Fire Departments receive over $16 million dollars annually in 1% funds. These funds are meant to be used to benefit firefighters by providing benefits and paying for expenses that the regular department resources will not provide. But there are many regulations tied to these 1% funds. Every year there are departments that are losing their 1% funds because they are not complying with the requirements and regulations. It is very important that your fire department has multiple people who are familiar with the accounting practices and regulations of the 1% funds, so you are not one of those departments that loses your 1% funds. Come join us to find out what you need to know to keep and best use your 1% funds.
Grant Writing for Emergency Services
Funding for public agencies is hard to come by. The current economy is not much help as taxes are not being paid, bills for services are not being paid, some elected officials want to decrease taxes, etc. Grants can be a good option to help achieve projects that may not otherwise be funded. However, a major issue with grants is that people are not aware of the process and often follow myths versus facts. Thus, this presentation … (MORE)
Culture Shock in the Fire Service
November 13th, 2010 Firefighter Chance Hyatt Zoble of the Columbia Fire Department (SC) was tragically killed while operating at a brush fire on a busy interstate just outside the City of Columbia. Since that tragic day nearly 8 years ago, through investigations, instruction and reinforcement, the Columbia Fire Department has taken steps to drastically change nearly every single response consideration while operating on or near the roadway. Through this experience, each CFD member has been educated how to do things differently. But changing the fire department’s culture … (MORE)
Developing the Next Generation of Fire Service Leaders
Professional development is the planned, progressive and lifelong process of education, training, self-development and experience that one gains during their development. In the fire service, professional development is a critical element of being a leader and a professional. When we step up to accept the responsibility of leadership, we also accept an obligation to continue our training, education, learning, personal experience and growth as we strive to improve our … (MORE)
Leading at the Company Level
It is well known that the transition to Company officer is one of the most difficult transitions in the fire service. This class will offer solutions to many of the challenges that an Officer faces. Attendees will be presented with proven methodologies, behaviors, and new age ideas to allow … (MORE)
Firefighter Rehab- What we are Doing Right and Wrong
Rehab is one of the most important aspects of an emergency incident that is often overlooked and under-utilized by providers. This course will discuss aspects of Rehab that include, Prehab, Rehab and Posthab. In additional to some cutting-edge changes to the rehab process that will change your mind on how your department is conducting their rehab, backed up with scientific evidence-based medicine.
Recruitment and Retention: How to Get Good People and Keep Them
Over the years, emergency services agencies have been a revolving door. When recruiting members, we can sometimes get many well qualified candidates, and in other times we seem to not have much to choose from. Recruiting the right candidate, whether volunteer or career, and… (MORE)
Changing the Will and Battling the Egos in Today’s Fire Service
November 13th, 2010 Firefighter Chance Hyatt Zoble of the Columbia Fire Department (SC) was tragically killed while operating at a brush fire on a busy interstate just outside the City of Columbia. Drawing from personal experience of knowing what it takes to change a department’s behavioral culture after a tragedy, this presentation will explore this and several additional high-profile incidents of LODD lessons learned, as well as significant issues effecting health and safety … (MORE)
Occupancy verses Survivability Profiling: Beyond Simple Size-up
Occupancy profiling verses Survivability profiling is the educated art of examining a situation and making an informed, intelligent decision whether to commit firefighters to a life-saving operations mission or not. Survivability profiling is different from basic risk verses reward because it goes far beyond the tendency to justify risk whenever we respond to an occupied building. This scientific cutting edge program covers size-up components, situational awareness and calculating if civilians are savable before committing firefighters to the interior of a building in an aggressive tactical posture. The students will look at fire scenarios and apply civilian survivability profiling to the scenario, discussing the critical tactical decisions based on scientific reality.
Recruitment and Retention, and why not all turnover is bad…And how to Keep Good Employees
Do you have plenty of extra staff, no open positions, and aren’t anticipating hiring until someone retires? Then this topic isn’t for you. For the rest of us, we will discuss some business practices to help you retain good staff, hire long term productive employees, as well as discuss some common situations that cause good employees to see employment elsewhere, as well as when you should wish them the best of luck on their future endeavors, with no hard feelings.
A Beautiful Mess
Heroes are made and broken by the events that they experience. They are defined by the actions when faced with adversity. Each emotion is put to the test and individuals have to find their true self in the end. When we fail to control our emotions, we begin to make awful decisions. We will explore how to balance our emotions to make us more resilient as we face the obstacles that come with the job. We will look at mastering the different emotions to find a new level of happiness.
6 Critical Structure Fire Conditions that Shout. “Watch Out!”
At any incident, the number one priority is life safety. By simply doing their jobs, first responders face the possibility of injury or death. However, this danger is often controllable because present and potential hazards are usually recognizable and predictable. However, a great difficulty for fire personnel is to maintain situational awareness in an ever-changing, dynamic fire ground. Adapting the US Forest Service’s “18 Situations that shout “Watch Out” from the wildland firefighting to… (MORE)
The Initial Line: Getting it Right the First Time
Receive and introduction to the best methods and techniques to ensure that the first-arriving engine is successful in the four areas of the initial fire ground action of placing a fire suppression line in service. This class will address the production an effective attack package to ensure success on the fire ground. Study the elements of the stretch, the placement, the advancement, … (MORE)
10 Reasons Engine Companies Fail
The intent of this program is to provide insight as to why engine companies fail to successfully accomplish their assigned tasks.Firefighters, fire officers, and command officers will benefit from this class. These topics are the same today as they were in the“war years,” when the veterans who recently retired from the fire service responded to many more fire calls. Participants will actively participate by identifying, discussing, and addressing engine company roles and responsibilities, training shortfalls, modern fire service equipment, size-up and building construction, engine company tactics, and more.
Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training
This will be a table top demonstration. TIM Consists of a planned and coordinated multidisciplinary process to detect, respond to and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. … (MORE)
SC Firefighter Mobilization… A Statewide Response
SC Firefighter Mobilization… A Statewide Response will cover every facet of the program. Specifically, we will look at the beginning, the legislation behind it and where the program is today. The class will discuss some of the most notable mobilizations and look in depth at the 2018 Hurricane Florence response which is one of the longest mobilizations we have … (MORE)
Applying a Continuous Improvement Model in the Real World
How can we do ______ better in the future”? Ever heard/said this in your fire department? This course will provide a structured path to assess your fire department services, the community’s risk, and emergency response you provide. The information you develop in the assessment provides a roadmap for the future of your department to improve, piece by piece, in all aspects of your fire department.